From the Harford County Sheriff’s Office:
Today, Sheriff Gahler announced two key appointments that further fulfill the promises he made to citizens of Harford County.
First, is the addition of Robert McGainey. McGainey has been hired as a Part Time/Temporary Civilian HR Specialist. In addition to, and separate from those duties, Mr. McGainey is continuing his role as a member of the team Sheriff Gahler put in place to evaluate all aspects of the agency. In keeping with Sheriff Gahler’s campaign promise, the Aviation Unit will undergo a comprehensive review, evaluation, and assessment; McGainey will oversee this process. Prior to joining the HCSO, McGainey retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the Maryland State Police after serving thirty-four years. He was the Chief of the Support Services Bureau which included the Personnel, Logistics, Records, and Information Technology Commands.
McGainey served in the Aviation Command for twenty years where he attained the rank of Captain. In that Command, McGainey progressed through a variety of roles to include being a paramedic, supervisor of operations, training, safety, risk management, and aircraft maintenance ultimately becoming the Assistant Commander. McGainey served for eight years on the Emergency Numbers System Board. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Emergency Health Services from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Sheriff Gahler said, “I promised to take a close look at the Aviation Unit and its operations before making any significant changes to the program. With more than twenty years of experience in law enforcement aviation, Mr. McGainey is the perfect person to assist in this effort.”
Second, is the creation of a new civilian position, Community & Legislation Liaison. “With more than ten years of experience in both county government and legislation, Erik Robey is the right person to assume this role and move the Office of the Sheriff forward in the community, to a level that has never been seen before,” Sheriff Gahler said of Robey’s appointment. This new position will work closely with community members and legislators to ensure the needs of the community are quickly addressed. Robey will provide an additional set of eyes and ears to the Sheriff and, as a civilian, open new doors to communication with this office. Robey, who most recently worked for Crovato BG, has an extensive background in local government, legislation and policy. He served in a number of positions with Anne Arundel County Government over the last decade including Legislative Aide to the County Council, Director of Community Services, and Chief of Staff. He headed a number of task forces and committees including the Anne Arundel County Community Grants Award Committee, Criminal Justice Coordination Council, Clergy Advisory Board, Fire Station Location and Operations Committee and County Executives Government Efficiency Group. Robey is a military veteran serving, in Operation Southern Watch as a Air Force Security Police Officer. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from National Louis University. He and his wife reside in Bel Air with their four children.